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ACORN’s Dilemma

John McCain has accused the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now of trying to commit “one of the greatest frauds in voter history” by submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, but ACORN says it was required by law to submit the forms. The Center for Investigative Reporting explains.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


Abramoff
AP photo / Lynne Sladky

Abramoff Gets Four Years

Jack Abramoff was given four years in prison by a federal judge Thursday—a sentence whittled down from a possible 11 years because he cooperated with investigators —for his part in the fraud and corruption scandal that jolted Washington and landed several other lobbyists and Capitol Hill players in trouble as well.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Bullit Marquez

“Where Are the Weapons of Mass Destruction?”

Dave continued pacing back and forth in front of Mohammed. “My president,” he said, “is in trouble. Can you help him?” Mohammed was taken aback by the question. “Excuse me?” he asked. “Could you repeat yourself?” Dave sat down next to the Iraqi. “George Bush is in trouble. Our people did not find any WMD in Iraq. Can you help us?”

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Election Day
Arts Engine Inc.

Portrait of an American Election

“Election Day” isn’t a film that highlights the horse-race aspect of American politics, nor is it about red or blue states. Instead, director Katy Chevigny and her colleagues from Arts Engine Inc. aimed to capture a much more complex story—or rather, a multilayered and interconnecting set of stories—about an array of Americans from different states, backgrounds and political positions, all taking part in some way in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


George Ryan
tomroeser.com

Former Illinois Governor Is Denied Appeal, Stays in Prison

The fraud and racketeering case against former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final request to appeal his 2006 conviction. With no other move to make, Ryan, who has been incarcerated since late 2007, will likely seek a commutation of his six-year sentence from President Bush.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Defense Auditors Can’t Keep Up

Thanks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the privatization of the military and the surge in defense spending since 9/11, individual Pentagon auditors now have to keep track of more than three times as much money as they did 10 years ago. Because of limited resources, the Defense Department inspector general revealed in a recent report, about half of the military’s $316 billion weapons budget went under the radar last year.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Mythmaking and Democracy

Republicans have had great success in convincing Americans that “voter fraud” is a grave and growing threat to the republic, but the exact crime that they speak of is almost nonexistent.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


burning house
Flickr / Kiwi NZ

Burning Down the House

From the L.A. Times: “In what appears to be the latest symptom of the nation’s mortgage meltdown and credit crisis, insurers, law enforcement officials and state agencies nationwide report a jump in home and automobile fires in the last year believed to have been set by owners unable to pay their debts.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Kerviel
Societe Generale

The Man Who Lost $7.2 Billion

How did a 31-year-old low-level bank trader with limited access lose five times as much money as the worst rogue trader ever? That’s the question European authorities and Societe Generale, France’s second-largest bank, are trying to answer.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s ‘Diebold Bump’

An unfortunate coincidence has emerged from the New Hampshire primary results that is at least worth noting, if only for the sake of trivia (or democracy): Hillary Clinton performed better, and Barack Obama worse, in counties where votes were counted using Diebold machines. Whether you call it sour grapes or citizen journalism, the Brad Blog has the details.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Justice Is Blind, but Can She Vote?

The most revealing indicator of the state of our democracy is not to be found in the snowdrifts of New Hampshire but in the marbled chamber of the U.S. Supreme Court. Soon enough,  we will discover whether the court under Chief Justice John Roberts will become a partisan tool in the national Republican drive to place constraints on voting that are targeted at those who tend to support Democrats.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


Whistleblowers Expose State Department Bushie

Rep. Henry Waxman has accused the State Department’s top oversight official of looking out for the best interests of the Bush administration, and not the American taxpayer. A number of current and former subordinates of the State Department’s inspector general contacted Waxman to report interference with investigations into fraud and corruption in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE



danmahony.com

IRS Workers Fall for Simulated Password Scam

According to a recent internal audit, 60 percent of IRS employees fell for the oldest trick in the book, allowing auditors posing as help-desk employees access to their digital identities, and by extension your personal and private information.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Reconstruction Breaks Down

Seventy-five percent of projects surveyed in the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction were no longer functioning properly. Investigators said facilities began breaking down after only six months and that roughly $5 billion is lost every year to fraud.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


None of the Above

It may sound redundant or contradictory, but Florida state Sen. Mike Bennett proposed a bill that would give voters another ballot choice besides the candidates in the running:  “I choose not to vote.”  Floridians fatigued by the alleged frauds and hanging chads of recent years (as well as mudslinging campaigns) could signal their distaste by using the new option.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Real Voter Fraud

By repeatedly attacking the integrity of elections, Republicans have managed to disenfranchise the voters whose votes they’re unlikely to get.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Ohio Election Workers Sentenced for 2004 Rigging

Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer were each sentenced to 18 months for rigging a ballot recount in Ohio after the 2004 election. The judge seemed to agree that there may have been a conspiracy to defraud the voters, saying, “I can’t help but feel there’s more to this story.” According to the Brad Blog, had John Kerry won just six more votes in each of the state’s precincts, he would be president.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq reconstruction
from news.bbc.co.uk

Officers Charged Over Iraq Reconstruction Scam

Three Army Reserve officers and two civilians have been indicted for funneling $8 million worth of contracts over two years to a construction company in exchange for luxury items and cash. The officers oversaw some $26 billion in reconstruction funds while they were in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Spy Satellite
news.bbc.co.uk

Satellite Spy Agency Gets Bilked

Spy satellites provide much of the intelligence community’s raw data, whether snapshots of Iran’s nuclear facilities or al-Qaida training camps. David Kaplan has the story on how the National Reconnaissance Office, the $7.5-billion-a-year agency that builds and operates the satellites, has had to contend with potentially massive fraud among its many contractors.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


reconstruction
dw-world.de

Tens of Millions Wasted in Iraq

The latest report from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says tens of millions of dollars have been wasted because of failure and fraud. Among other abuses, the report cites a never-used $48.3-million housing facility, complete with an Olympic-size swimming pool. If Willie Sutton were alive today, he’d head straight to Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Nigerian scam warnings
AP / Sunday Alamba

Don’t Touch That Mail!

A native Nigerian writer takes stock of the changing face of her country’s most prominent economic export after oil: e-mail scams.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Diebold keys
bradblog.com

Diebold’s Latest Security Debacle

It turns out Diebold uses a universal key to access its voting machines, meaning that anyone who has one, a minute of free time and a little know-how can steal an election without a trace. What’s worse, the company made an image of the key available on its website, allowing at least one viewer to produce multiple working copies.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Coulter voter registration form
from Bradblog.com

Ann Coulter’s Growing Legal Troubles

You may recall that right-wing hate-monger Ann Coulter was accused of voter fraud not too long ago, for registering to vote using her real estate agent’s address. Now it turns out she may have used the same address to register a driver’s license—meaning Coulter could be charged with two third-degree felonies and one misdemeanor, if only someone would prosecute the case.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bowen and McPherson
from bradblog.com

Good News for Election Integrity

California’s incoming secretary of state, Debra Bowen, says her office will conduct “a top to bottom review of every voting system in use anywhere in California.” What’s more, Bowen has indicated she is willing to decertify machines approved by her predecessor, Bruce McPherson. We can only hope Bowen’s investigation will spark a national trend.

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Diebold machine
blackboxvoting.org

Panel Rejects E-Voting Protections

A federal advisory panel has ruled against a proposal that would have required electronic voting machines to produce a verifiable paper ballot.  A report released last week by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that detailed the vulnerabilities of popular e-voting machines inspired the proposal, but was ultimately discarded.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


Early Voting Woes

Early voting is underway in many parts of the country, and voters are already alleging fraud: “Saturday, KFDM spoke to another voter who says it’s not just happening with straight ticket voting, he says it’s happening on individual races as well, Jerry Stopher told us when he voted for a Democrat, the Republican’s name was highlighted.”

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Electronic Voting Woes

A former legislator and critic of Maryland’s elections board received a copy of Diebold’s computer code along with an anonymous letter criticizing the management of state elections.  The incident adds to a growing list of concerns over Diebold’s troubled voting equipment. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


DeForest Soaries
AP

Bush’s Former Elections Chair: E-Voting Ripe for Fraud

The Rev. DeForest Soaries, former head of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, blasted the White House and Congress for its lack of dedication to stamping out electronic voting fraud potential, branding their efforts “a charade” and “a travesty.” BradBlog has the details.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Diebold
firesigntheatre.com

Diebold Employee Alleges Shenanigans

A Diebold whistle-blower has cited a mysterious patch that possibly swung the 2002 Georgia election as evidence that the company can’t be trusted.  Days before the vote, Democrats in both the Senate and governor’s race were ahead in the polls by 5% and 11%, respectively, only to lose by a narrow margin on election day.  (h/t: Engadget)

Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


Limbaugh Blames Dems for GOP Scam

Rush Limbaugh, with the kind of moral vacuousness that has come to define the man, recently blamed the “stupidity” of Democrats for allowing Republicans to disenfranchise voters: “And they show up on Wednesday to vote when the polls are closed, and the Democrats claim a trick has been played on them. That’s how stupid some of their voters are.”
(h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


Obrador
Flickr/Eneas

Mexico Election Saga Intensifies

Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government.  Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


diebold voting machine
BlackBoxVoting

Diebold Voting Machine Hacked in Four Minutes

Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting recently got her hands on a Diebold voting machine and was able to hack it in four minutes with tools that cost $12.  Harris? handiwork is just the latest demonstration of how vulnerable electronic voting machines are to vote manipulation.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Mexico Recount Denied

A Mexican election tribunal has denied presidential candidate Manuel Lop├ęz Obrador a full recount of votes cast in last month’s election.  The ruling will surely disappoint the thousands of Obrador supporters who have been protesting in Mexico City for weeks.

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


casting an election ballot
iwight.com

Election Protection

What good is a democracy without fair and clean elections?  In this piece for Tom Paine, Art Levine looks ahead to the November vote, and explains ways concerned Americans can protect it.

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


‘Breathtaking’ Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid

Scams, schemes and bureaucratic snafus related to federal aid for Hurricane Katrina cost taxpayers at least $2 billion.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Kennedy, Jr.
From miami.indymedia.org

Robert Kennedy Jr. Plans to Sue Over Ohio Election Fraud

The environmental activist, fresh off his hugely talked-about Rolling Stone article on alleged election fraud in Ohio during the 2004 election, says in an interview that he plans to file a lawsuit against the main perpetrators of the fraud.

  • Read the Rolling Stone article in question.
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Abramoff
    From us.altermedia.info

    Abramoff Gets Almost Six Years in Prison

    The disgraced lobbyist and a business partner get five years and 10 months on fraud charges—the minimum they faced. Abramoff faces more jail time in connection with a corruption probe.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Abramoff Broke, Lawyers Claim

    The indicted lobbyist’s attorneys assert he spent all the money “in his overly determined pursuit of helping people and charities.”
    You’ll excuse us while we gag up a hidden Cayman Islands account or two.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    enron_fastow
    David J. Phillip / AP Photo

    Former Enron CFO Implicates Skilling

    Andrew Fastow, the company’s former chief financial officer, testifies that he concocted fraud in face-to-face meetings with Enron’s chief executive, Jeffrey Skilling.
    Also, check out Robert Scheer’s latest column on Enron, or a compendium of earlier ones.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Enron Is Back!

    The scoundrels at Enron might finally get their due with the start of the much-anticipated fraud trial in Houston. Check out some of the columns Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer has written over the course of the scandal.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


    And the Hits Just Keep on Coming…

    An audit of American rebuilding projects in Iraq turns up millions of dollars stuffed into footlockers, a U.S. soldier gambling away Iraqi money, and other inspiring tales of the same ilk. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Finally, Brokers Get Sued for Selling Private Phone Records

    Illinois becomes the first state to bring suit against companies that sell logs of private phone calls. | story

    Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Author James Frey appears on 'Larry King Live'
    Edward M. Pio Roda / AP/CNN

    Relatively Speaking, How Big a Liar Is Frey?

    The line between fact and fiction blurs more often in memoirs than we’d like to believe, as this article makes clear. | story
    Hey, that sounds like a perfect medium for a certain POTUS we know… browse the book

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    James Frey Gets Spanked by Two NYT Columnists

    Kakutani and Haberman slam the “Million Little Pieces” fabulist for his B.S. spin attempt. | There seems to be no end to the number of potential headline puns stemming from “A Million Little…” 

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The Bestselling Fake True Story

    Memoirist-fraud James Frey brings out the big gun on “Larry King Live.”

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Author’s Fabrications Spark Debate Over Memoirs

    Nan Talese, the publisher of admitted embellisher James Frey, spars with her husband, author Gay Talese, over the issue of falsehoods in memoirs. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Abramoff’s ‘Cesspool of Corruption’

    Robert Scheer says Jack Abramoff’s “massive web of corruption” represents the “death throes of the GOP revolution.”
    Also, our in-depth report on the scandal.

    Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Frist File

    Was Frist playing doctor when he pushed legislation for medical reform or just lining his pockets? Get background on the accusations of Medicare fraud, conflict of interest and insider trading facing Sen. Bill Frist.

    Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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